Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Press release: Young survivors unite against cancer at Relay Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, 26 July 2017 – Young cancer survivors will be celebrating their victory over the disease at the biggest cancer fundraising and awareness event of the year.
Relay for Life Kuala Lumpur, organised by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, is back for its eleventh year at Dataran Petaling Jaya on 9 and 10 September 2017.

For 16 hours, everyone in society – patients, survivors, family, friends, local communities – are encouraged to take turns walking around a running track. The overnight event also celebrates the battle of cancer patients, honours those who died from the disease, and will focus on young adults this year.

“Some people may think that cancer only hits those who are older, but that’s not true – children as young as a few months old can get cancer too,” says Dato’ Zuraidah Atan, Chairperson of Relay for Life Kuala Lumpur. “We are also seeing a rise of cancer, especially breast and colorectal*, among young adults.”

Dato’ Zuraidah explains that young cancer survivors face different challenges than older adults do: “Many tell us they don’t fit in with the adult cancer support groups because they can’t relate. They are also more isolated because they have to miss school as well as time with friends.

“As they are young, many are unlikely to be insured, and may feel guilty of causing a financial burden to their parents.”

To support young patients as well as survivors, the National Cancer Society of Malaysia had set up a young cancer survivors group in 2016.

“This group will be making a ‘debut’ at this year’s RFL – they will join the first lap, which is always walked by survivors – and even perform on stage at night.”

While cancer is increasing in Malaysia, more people are surviving the disease due to advances in treatment, Dato’ Zuraidah adds.

“NCSM has strengthened its support programmes: this includes setting up a toll-free helpline (1800-08-1000), a mobile application that has a ‘ask a nurse’ forum (Stronger than cancer), increasing our wellness activities, and expanding peer to peer support programmes in other hospitals.”

“Funds raised from RFL will go towards all of our support programmes, our education and outreach activities, cancer and health screening services, as well as free accommodation for children with cancer.”

Artists including Altimet, Liyana Fizi and celebrity chef Anis Nabilah are also lending their support for this year’s ‘Relay’, which include live performances, on-stage exercises or Zumbathons, carnival style games and awareness activities.

Another signature activity is the Luminaria ceremony, in which participants gather and remember loved ones who have lost to cancer, honour those who fought, and support those still fighting.

“We thank participants, sponsors and fundraisers who have been with us all these years – we couldn’t have made it without you,” Dato Atan adds. “Please join us once again to celebrate, remember, fight back, and make a difference.”

Online registrations can be made at relayforlifemalaysia.com.

NCSM is especially grateful to its sponsors and supporters Bridgestone Tyres, Astro, Vitahealth, Idifynetz, Brother International, Credit Guarantee Corporation, Magnum, Magnum Cares, Spritzer, Altimet, Liyana Fizi, Chef Anis Nabilah, Superwonderful films and Cereal Films.
Mr Francis Lau (General Manager of Bridgestone Tyres), Dato Zuraidah Atan (Chairperson of RFL Malaysia), Julia Benedict (young cancer survivor), Wan Musfira Aimi (young cancer survivor), Aalex Termizi (young cancer survivor), Sharon Lee (Director of Strategic Planning), Wei Qing (young cancer survivor), Mr Alan Tham (Marketing Manager of Brother International), En Daud Bin Yunus (Director of Vitahealth Group), En Mohd Reza Mohd Hatta (Vice President of Credit Guarantee Corp Bhd), Ms Jennifer Chin of Magnum 4D Bhd, Clare Ratnasingham (Vice President of NCSM) and Sudhaharan Nair (General Manager of NCSM)

*References:
Colorectal cancer:
1. A study by Myers et al. shows an increase of colorectal cancer incidence by more than two per cent each year in young adults – the younger population also face a poor prognosis.
2. Veettil et al. also state that other Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar) have a lower incidence of colorectal cancer than Malaysia. Malaysians are also more at risk due to rising obesity, smoking and westernised diet.
Breast cancer:
Quoting a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit: breast cancer incidence (new cases) has risen since the 1990s across the Asia-Pacific. The increment of new (breast cancer) cases is four to eight times that for the world, and is a major healthcare issue.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Press Release: ASICS Relay Back For 2nd Year

In October 2017, the ASICS Relay will return to Kuala Lumpur, demonstrating ASICS’s commitment to running as a sport and its salute to team spirit. This time, the participants will get to experience the scenic views of Putrajaya, touted as the Malaysian capital’s City in a Garden.
Teams of four will begin running from the ceremonial Seri Gemilang Bridge, leading to the Heritage Square where the Putrajaya Convention Centre is situated. They will then run around Datarn Gemilang and pass the iconic buildings of the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia and the Tunki Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, which is commonly known as the Steel Mosque because of its unique stainless steel structure.

This year’s ASICS Relay will start in Jakarta, Indonesia (19 August), followed by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7 October); Singapore (4 November); and Bangkok, Thailand (2 December).

Three thousand teams across the four cities are expected to participate. The distinctive format of the ASICS Relay calls for a team of four to complete the full 42km or half 21km marathon. Each member has to run a quarter of the total distance. The format eschews the individual endurance required in a typical marathon, instead drawing on the motivational strength of teamwork and building camaraderie as each team completes the marathon in unity.

Spurring teams on will be cash prizes ranging from MYR1,500 to MYR5,450.

The overall fastest team in each of the Male, Female and Mixed categories to emerge at the end of the four-city ASICS Relay circuit will also win travel vouchers worth about MYR9,000.

ASICS recognizes the increasing popularity of running in Asia, and created the ASICS Relay to be a fun and bonding running experience for anyone interested in the sport, whether they are fitness explorers, adventure seekers, health enthusiasts or recreational participants.

“Introducing the ASICS Relay to more South-east Asian countries affirms our historical association with running. It is heartening to see participants from all walks of life, regulars and first-timers, complete the marathon. We look forward to welcoming this year’s runners,” said Kenji Oh, Asia Marketing Director of ASICS Asia Pte. Ltd. The ASICS Relay 2017 will take place at the following locations:

Jakarta: Alam Sutera Mall
Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya
Singapore: Former Kallang Airport
Bangkok: To be announced

Early Bird registration is now open, and will end 10 August:

MYR280 for 21km Open Category
MYR320 for 42km Open Category

Normal registration starts from 11 August:

MYR320 for 21km Open Category
MYR360 for 42km Open Category

Promotions:

WIN A SLOT
Stand a chance to win a complimentary team slot to the ASICS Relay Kuala Lumpur 2017 when you spend MYR430 and above in a single receipt.

Applicable only at ASICS Mid Valley Mall, ASICS 1 Utama and ASICS Pavilion KL. Validity period from 20 July to 22 August.

BE AMONG THE FIRST 50 PARTICIPANTS TO RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY ASICS SHOEBAG
The first 50 registered runners to present their confirmation slip at ASICS Suria KLCC will each receive an ASICS shoebag. Validity period from 20 July to 7 October.

WIN AN ASICS SLING BAG
The first 100 teams to register for ASICS Relay Kuala Lumpur will each receive an ASICS Sling bag. Validity period from 29 September to 1 October (during race pack collection).

KEY FACTS
Date
7 October2017 (Saturday)
Time
Flag-off at 7:00PM
Venue
Open Field at Taman Diraja Negeri Sembilan Presint 4, 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Expected Turnout
2,000 runners (500 teams)

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
Website
www.asicsrelay.com
Facebook
@ASICSRelay
Instagram
@ASICSRelay
Official Hashtags
#ASICSRelay #ASICSRelayKualaLumpur

ABOUT THE RELAY
The uniqueness of a team relay shines heavily on the beauty of teamwork and allows runners to race and bond with their teammates. Teams of four can register in either all-Male, all-Female or the Mixed team categories, in two race distances –Full Marathon (42km) and Half Marathon (21km).

While the idea of running 21km or 42kmmay seem daunting to most aspiring runners, the relay concept, however offers the opportunity to bag their first marathon experience. Individual team members will need to complete 2 legs of 5.25km for Full Marathon, and 1 leg of 5.25km for Half Marathon to meet the total distance. The preceding member of the team will need to hand the relay token to next runner within the designated transition zone to delineate the changeover of runners.

Unveil the night and soak up the atmosphere at the race precinct with fun-filled activities, entertainment and snack on tasty light bites. Vie for the top spot and embrace the of finishing and collecting your medals together, unite your team for a truly memorable night.

On to the Kuala Lumpur leg of the ASICS Relay, runners will get to experience the scenic views of Putrajaya that is being developed as a City in a Garden. Runners will run on the Seri Gemilang Bridge, around Dataran Gemilang and pass iconic buildings like the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia, Putrajaya International Convention Centre and Tunku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

To add to the fun and bonding running experienceat ASICS Relay,awards will be given to teams (Male, Female & Mixed) that clock the fastest timing in each full marathon and half marathon race categories. At theend of the ASICS Relay 2017 series, the fastest teams will win about MYR 9,000 (SGD 3,000)worth of travel voucherseach. Besides the exhilaration of winning the race, these champions will enjoy a well-deserved break with their teammates post-race! Stay tuned to www.asicsrelay.com to find out more.

CUT-OFF TIMING
Full Marathon
(Male/Female/Mixed):6 Hours (total time for 4 team members)
HalfMarathon (Male/Female/Mixed):6 Hours (total time for 4 team members)

There might be staggered cut-off times at selected sections of the roads for the safety of our runners. More details will be released closer to race day.Check out www.asicsrelay.com for more information.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Press Release: The Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality

Thousands thronged the finish line to great fanfare at Malaysia’s most anticipated night run: the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality.

The third edition of the popular night run series created memories with a new exciting venue as well as new running categories for kids.
Serdang, 22 July 2017 – The largest and most anticipated night run series in Malaysia, the Men's Health Women's Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, attracted an eager crowd of 13,000 runners to this years race. Participants from around the country gathered in high spirits on the grounds of the events new venue, the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS).

For this years Run, Men's Health and Women's Health once again teamed up with AIA Bhd., who came in as the official title sponsor under the banner of AIA Vitality – a unique health and insurance programme that gives Malaysians the tools, knowledge and motivation they need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Emceed by Natalie Kniese, the Night Run welcomed participants and their supporters to the Race Village as early as 5pm with a fun warm-up session hosted by Fitness First.

An array of sponsor booths and food trucks greeted runners and supporters alike to enjoy some fun activities and F&B delights before the flag-offs. One of the main highlights was the interactive AIA booth, which provided guests with complimentary health checks as well as pre- and post-run games to encourage runners as well as their family and friends to keep active and stay healthy.

Patrick Brennan, Group CEO of Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd, the publisher of Men's Health and Women's Health in Malaysia said, We are delighted to bring back the Men's Health Women's Health Night Run by AIA Vitality for the third time, and encouraged to see that so many people have been inspired to join our journey towards health, wellness and fun.

In addition to promoting wellness and health, it is our goal to make these runs exciting and memorable for every participant, and it is particularly gratifying to partner with title sponsor AIA, which shares our commitment to these goals.

Eric Chang, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Bhd., added, We are proud to have been part of yet another successful Men's Health Women's Health Night Run. As Malaysia's leading life insurer, we believe in empowering people to take charge of their health and to embrace what it means to be healthier Malaysians. Being part of the Night Run is an excellent way to get Malaysians started on their journey to better health. It was such a joy to see adults, and this time the young ones too, unite again for this purpose.

The newest additions to the Mens Health Womens Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, the 700-metre and 3KM Kids Run categories, kick-started the #MHWHNightRun by #AIAVitalityMY at 6pm; while the 5km, 12km and 21km started from 7.00pm onwards. The last flag-off queued runners to endure their challenges through the lush green terrains and fresh air under the night sky.

Prizes were up for grabs throughout the event, while Shaheed Naz of the electro DJ duo Dangerdisko kept the energy high for runners returning from their races with his up-tempo beats right until midnight. Runners who triumphed in the competitive 12KM and 21KM categories received attractive prizes, while those participating in the non-competitive 5KM fun run had a blast sealing personal bests. Winners' prizes were courtesy of Le Meridien Putrajaya, Schick, New Balance, Fitness First, Lo Hong Ka, Fossil, Compressport & Devers, and Energy Day Spa.

Familiar faces in the running crowd were Fuad Alhabshi, frontman of Kyoto Protocol, and Davina Goh, performer and plant-based lifestyle advocate. Both influencers went through a Fitness First journey preparing for their run and roped in their fans who won tickets from their social media contests. They joined Fuad for the 12KM race while Davina toughened up for 21KM. Hopping on the bandwagon was the #ELLERunSquad, which comprised the ELLE Malaysia editorial team and their contest winners.

Follow their Instagram journeys here:
Fuad Alhabshi: @fuadkyoto
Davina Goh: @imdavinagoh
ELLEMalaysia: @ellemalaysia

Organised by Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd, the 2017 Mens Health Womens Health Night Run by AIA Vitality was supported by title sponsor AIA and gold sponsor, Ultron. Bronze sponsors were Fitness First, Schick, Fossil, Compresport, Dever and Clear. Kids Run sponsors were Time Out Malaysia Kids, The Childrens House, Club Med and Clarks. Official partners included Lucozade, Lo Hong Ka, Energy Spa & Wellness, The Childrens House, Clarks, New Balance, Jussu and Le Meridien Putrajaya. Ticketing partner for the event was Twenty First Century Sports and venues sponsored by MAEPS and Atria. Additional prize sponsors include Club Med, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa and SquEEEze Me Baby.

Official Website:
http://www.mens-health.com.my/nightrun/event
http://www.womens-health.com.my/nightrun/event

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Menshealthmalaysia
https://www.facebook.com/womenshealthmalaysia
https://www.facebook.com/timeoutmalaysiakids/

Twitter:
@menshealthmy
@womenshealthmy

Instagram:
@menshealthmalaysia
@womenshealthmy
@timeoutmykids

Hashtags:
#MHWHNightRun #AIAVitalityMY

Sunday, 23 July 2017

1 For 1 Standard Chartered Deal At Madam Kwan's

Friday is Nasi Bojari Day!

Why? Because for us holders of Standard Chartered Bank credit card, there is a 1 for 1 Nasi Bojari deal every Friday and will only end next year. Woohooo!
Hubby and Son's Nasi Bojari.

I already had it the week before so wasn't too keen at the idea of eating Nasi Bojari again. But OK lah, since the two boys already makan one and get one free. 
My choice was the assam laksa instead.
 And we shared cendol among the three of us.
A bill that was supposed to be RM89.60 now reduced to RM59.70. Which is RM20 per pax. Good value, right?

Equally nice from my Standard Chartered credit card was getting cashback bonus because I ran in Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Imagine running 42km and got rewarded money from my credit card company! Happy wor!

Kinda set-off whatever annoyance I have with the daily calls their telemarketers made to me lah... For a while, at least. Hahaha

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wishful Thinking... For A Staycation

The family and I have fond memories of Hilton Kuala Lumpur. It’s not like we visited the hotel often (not rich la), but its location is rather hard to miss for us. Everyday also can see one the hotel building from the road.
Photo from Traveloka
The hotel is located in the KL Sentral area with the main arteries of KL public transportation right at its doorstep and most important, Nu Sentral is right beside it! Transport and shopping! This is the place to ditch the car and travel by either train, komuter, monorail or even buses and go around the city.

And oh! Taman Botani Perdana a.ka. Lake Garden and Muzium Negara are just walking distance from the hotel. Serious. See the above photo? From Lake Garden la tu! I have always “berangan” to do a luxury staycation there. I mean, stay a night in the hotel, wake up in the morning, and head to Lake Garden for a morning run before taking a leisurely breakfast back at the hotel. That would be nice, right? Sound so syiok… *wishful thinking to its max*

A friend of mine always posted up photos of her brunch at Graze, Hilton Kuala Lumpur and I’ve been wanting to head there and do the same too. She kept on telling me, the price there aren’t that much different from any other “hipster” joint in KL and the quality is of course, much better. *jealous*

Every year, whenever I signed up for Standard Chartered KL Marathon, I tried to “bodek” the Hubby to let me reserve a room at Hilton KL so that I could take my time in the morning and not rush over to the starting line before the flag-off at 4.30am.

I was successful when I ran my first half marathon. It was pretty much a last minute thing, we reserved a room that Saturday morning itself and checked-in at 3.00pm. I told Hubby, I wanted to feel calm before my first half marathon and sleep on a nice bed before the run. The bed was so nice, I almost didn’t want to go out and the join the run that morning! LOL

It was great to be standing in the room at 3.00am, which was located at the club level (got promotional rate that time…) and watched the Kenyans and other fast full marathon runners blitzed through Jalan Travers as I was preparing to go down and join the half marathon. That was way back in 2012 if I’m not mistaken.
Wishful thinking....
It was also great to return to the hotel after the run, enjoy a luxurious breakfast then have a soak in the bathtub before taking a well-deserved nap on the comfy bed.

Haven’t had any luck in going back to Hilton Kuala Lumpur again and spend the night there… 

More recently, we celebrated Son’s birthday at Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Vascos and of course the boy was pretty happy. OK. OK. Pretty happy is actually an understatement.

Thanks to a friend who made it happen. *much gratitude* Mom (me) was mighty chuffed too.
The hotel staff even brought out a birthday cake for him. So nice of them, right?

It was in December so there was a Xmas buffet promotion going on at Vasco’s and since both Hubby and Son love turkey, they had a ball at the buffet line. Me? I just went on an oyster and cheese binge. Muahaha

Anyhoo… more recently I’m seeing quite a number of friends who are fellow runners making hotel reservations through Traveloka. One had a pretty good deal in Jitra, Kedah when he went to run in the Jitra Marathon. A few others did posted up Traveloka’s hotel deals in their Facebook status too.

Good deal must share, share la right?

Nowadays, with Traveloka App, I’m hoping to find great deals even at posh hotel like Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

And since we runners do tend to run outside of Kuala Lumpur too, the website and app is sure helpful in planning a trip!

p.s. So, let’s cross fingers and hope there’ll be a good, cannot be missed deal to Hilton Kuala Lumpur for my birthday in 2 months’ time. *massive hint to whomever it may concern*

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